Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life (Revised) (4TH ed.) by Gladys Hunt

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A modern classic with over 250,000 copies sold, Honey for a Child's Heart is a compelling, essential guide for parents who want to find the best books for their children ages 0-12.

A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers.

Completely revised and updated to keep pace with the ever-changing world of children's literature, this fourth edition of Honey for a Child's Heart reflects Hunt's broad tastes in books. Rooted in experience, her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of your home. She shows you how to:

  • Understand the importance of being a read-aloud family, enjoying books together by reading aloud
  • Give your children a large view of the world, of truth, and of goodness
  • Encourage each child's imagination and good use of language
  • Find the best books for your children

Illustrated with drawings from dozens of children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart includes book lists geared to your child's age and filled with nearly 1,000 long-time favorites, classics, and wonderful new books that will enrich your child's life. Thousands of parents have used it to furnish their children's inner spirit with the wonder and delight of good reading.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . 9 Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Part One: Using Books to Help Children Grow 1. Bequest of Wings . . . . . . . . .17 2. Milk and Honey . . . . . . . . . .25 3. What Makes a Good Book? . . . 41 4. Fantasy and Realism . . . . . . . 55 5. Poetry . . . . . . . . 65 6. The Pleasure of a Shared Adventure. . 75 7. Honey from the Rock. . . . . . . . . 83 8. Who Influences Your Children? . . . 93 9. Making Decisions about Books . . . . . 101 Part Two: Best-Loved Books for Children 10. How to Use the Book List . . . . . . . 111 11. A Child's First Books: Ages 0-3 . . . . . 115 12. Picture Book Classics: Ages 4-8 . . . . . . 121 13. More Favorite Picture Books: Ages 4-8 . . . . . . 129 14. First Books for Beginning Readers. . . . . . . . 153 15. Classic Children's Novels: Ages 9-12. . . . . . . 159 16. More Great Books for Intermediate Readers: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . 169 17. Stories for Animal Lovers: Ages 9-12. . . . . . . . . . . 179 18. Historical Novels: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . . . 185 19. Fantasy Novels: Ages 9-12 . . . . . . . 191 20. Young Adult Novels: Ages 12-14 . . . . . . . . 197 21. Poetry Is for Pleasure . . . . . . . 211 22. Nourishing Your Children's Spiritual Life. . . . . . . . 215 23. A Book List for Special Occasions . . . . . . . . . 221 Index of Authors . . . . . . . 233 Index of Book Titles . . . . . . . 239

Gladys Hunt was a well-known author and speaker. Her books include Honey for a Woman's Heart, Honey for a Teen's Heart, and Honey for a Child's Heart (revised edition). She also wrote numerous Bible study guides for the Fisherman and Lifeguide series. She lived with her husband, Keith, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

0.7" H x 9.24" L x 7.34" W 

256 pages

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